ByronM - 10:23 pm on Sep 7, 2010 (gmt 0)
Having multiple distribution and sales models for apps doesn't change the fact that anything done on WP7 must be compatible with what's already available in terms of distribution on iOS and Android. Just because I can make an app with limited trial, doesn't mean I'll really be able to do so, when said app also has to be distributed in a similar fashion on other mobile platforms. Not sure if you guys see where I'm going, but both Microsoft and Apple have a history of starting new standards that run counter to what the rest of the industry is doing and making it more difficult to develop for.
Microsoft has already had a couple of years of this technology running on XNA/Xbox Live. It was slow to take off, but its obviously making some people money since the market is growing growing growing. MS is merely extending this market to an additional platform using the same tool set. Pure genius move.
Microsoft has not done sufficient diligent work to attract developers, like me. The registration process and fees are counterproductive and shows that the company still doesn't understand the industry it's playing in. When you're the last guy, you can't ask people to pay dearly for something unproven. By doing this Microsoft targets only the usual Microsoft crowd of developers and not the scruffy small shops that have popped out all over and created all those apps that have made iOS and Android sexy. These irregular outfits are the one that make app ecosystems possible. Not the usual Microsoft certified bunch that's used to playing in its "elitist" and protected playground.
I'm not sure why you found it hard. MS was handing out developer phones like candy and has a process for acquiring unlocked phones. With Dell, Samsung, HTC and others launching phones it won't exactly be as limited as iPhone has been and yet, it will be more standard than Android could ever be.
The things missing from WP7 from the launch are inexcusable. Again, Microsoft thinks it's got time on its side and is in 2008 not 2010. While Microsoft has done one better than Blackberry with WP7 versus BB6, it's still not there in terms of real usability and features innovation as Android, iOS and Palm webOS. It's product is not mature enough in an industry dominated by far more advanced mobile OSes.
What exactly is missing? MS office is there, exchange is there, web browsing is there, zune & zune.net is there, Full integration with facebook is there, Xbox live is there - the developer tool set is already head and shoulders above all the competition. I can't for the life of me think of anything that is missing that will be a show stopper. Cut & Paste maybe.. but i never use that on my wife's iphone and if it is in such high demand i'd imagine it would be pretty quick to market in a patch.
Microsoft is not humble in their current endeavour. They poured similar amount of money and resources for the Kin and pulled the plug less than a month after. As an app dev, can I trust Microsoft to stay the course and continue to promote this platform, while it has, less than six months ago killed several major projects which were expected to define the company in the future? Where is the Courier? What about the Kin?
Kin was the tail end of a dead end project that really had no future. The money spent in kin was hardly anywhere near the investment in WP7 but mostly acquisition of a cloud based phone platforms.
Courier? Seriously? That project was never a consumer project and if you want to see what MS does beyond just the courier check out MS research :)
People though vista was the end, Windows 7 broke that. People thought windows phone 6.5 was the end, Windows 7 can break that.
MS is betting on the living room and the phone is a huge part of that. They won't walk away so easily from a core platform - which kin never was and wp7 will be.